Carlos Muñoz Portal, a location scout for the Netflix show Narcos, was shot to death in Mexico on Monday. Muñoz, 37, and his bullet-riddled car were found in a secluded area in San Bartolo Actopan, near the borders of Hidalgo state, which is believed to have the highest murder rate in the country. According to Variety, there were 182 homicide cases in the month of July alone. That number represents a ratio of 12.2 for every 100,000 inhabitants. His body was discovered just hours after he was headed to the State of Mexico to take production photographs.
Muñoz was in Mexico at the time scouting for locations to film season four of the Netflix hit show, which will explore the origins of the Juarez cartel. "We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family," Netflix said in a statement. "The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate." Muñoz's death has led to Netflix mulling over the idea of continuing to film in Mexico or move production back to Colombia where it initially started.
Muñoz, who worked for the production company Redrum based in Mexico City, has worked in the film industry for over a decade, where he contribued on a number of movies, including Apocalypto, Fast & Furious, Sicario, and Spectre. The authorities are continuing to gather information. However, a spokesperson for the Attorney General of the State of Mexico said there are no witnesses at the moment.